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First post, by Scandy

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Hi,
I have a Sound Blaster AWE 64 (not Gold) CT4520 on my Pentium II retro-pc (mainboard ASUS P2B-F) that is perfectly working in WINDOWS 98 SE.

For DOS-MODE I followed this great tutorial:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiSM5pUGab4

...but I get serious issues with music (hanging notes, freezes) using CTMIDI-A.DRV.
With CTMIDI-S.DRV everything seems OK (I've renamed the files each time of course) but it's like a plain SB16, and there is no AWE32 test option in DIAGNOSE.

I checked if have one of those "fake" AWE64 mentioned here in the forums, however by inspecting the board I don't notice missing chips and the AWE64 logo is clearly visible on the PCB.

Any suggestions?
Thank you!

THE NIGHTLAND is my board + video game for Commodore 64.

Reply 1 of 4, by Joseph_Joestar

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For the CT4520 I would suggest a simpler approach:

1. Uninstall any drivers that you currently have and remove any entries that you may have manually added to autoexec.bat, config.sys and dosstart.bat
2. Download the AWE64 Value driver CD and install it (be sure to select the AWE Control Panel component)
3. Download sbw9xup.exe from Creative's website and use it to update the drivers

With that, you get a fully functional card under Win98 as well as when using the "Restart in MS-DOS mode" shutdown option. Any parameters (IRQ, DMA etc.) that you set in Device Manager under Windows will be automatically passed on to DOS mode.

Build #1: Celeron 466 / Abit ZM6 / Voodoo3 / AWE64 / YMF744 / SC-155
Build #2: AthlonXP 1700+ / Abit KT7A / GeForce4 / SBLive / ALS100
Build #3: Athlon64 3700+ / DFI LanParty / 9600GT / X-Fi Titanium

Reply 2 of 4, by Scandy

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Thank you so much for your kind feedback, but the problem it seems gone now.
I don't know what I changed, but I tried last night and everything seems to be working fine!

Another question: excluding bloatware, what's the "essential" software to set-up the card under windows? May I use mixerset (DOS based) or there's something better?
Thanks!

THE NIGHTLAND is my board + video game for Commodore 64.

Reply 3 of 4, by Joseph_Joestar

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The AWE Control Panel is the only essential bit of software that you need under Win98. It's used to load soundfonts, switch between GS, GM and MT32 modes, and enable/disable MPU-401 in case you want to connect an external MIDI module.

Everything else is optional.

Build #1: Celeron 466 / Abit ZM6 / Voodoo3 / AWE64 / YMF744 / SC-155
Build #2: AthlonXP 1700+ / Abit KT7A / GeForce4 / SBLive / ALS100
Build #3: Athlon64 3700+ / DFI LanParty / 9600GT / X-Fi Titanium